Can someone please switch off these noisy birds

  Condom 12:25 21 Jun 2012

My local hospital called me in a day early to make sure I didn't get caught up in the Strike today. As I left the hospital with my new hearing aids it was as if I was back in the middle of the jungle with birds chirping away everywhere. The TV is now better to watch as I can now hear what is being said. Even my FE recommended Logitech keyboard is louder than I imagined it to be. I feel as if I'm back in the days of the "Move" when they could hear the grass grow.

Guess who is a happy bunny?

  Forum Editor 23:46 21 Jun 2012

"...they are digital devices and they keep telling you all such things must be switched off during take off and landing.

Digital hearing aids are classified as permissible devices on aircraft, they're in the same bracket as heart pacemakers. You'll be fine. What can be a problem is the type of hearing aid that involves an FM transmitter worn around the neck. Those must be turned off.

  spuds 00:08 22 Jun 2012


Perhaps a word of advice. If they are providing boxes of batteries, also ask for extra plastic tubes, especially if your ears are likely to be greasy. The batteries should be readily available in Thailand, if you don't take any from the UK.

If you were supplied with two aids, then make sure that each ear piece have been colour coded, they should have a red dot for the right ear, and a blue dot for the left ear. This is so you do not mix up the aids if you have to remove the moulds for cleaning. Some audiologist's forget to do this, when they set the aids up.

  Chegs ®™ 00:16 22 Jun 2012

My sympathies Condom,my brothers ex was deaf & had several hearing aids.I also found one behind the seat of my taxi(after several hours of a high pitched whistle that vanished whenever I tried to investigate the source)that was caused by the rubber mat covering the aid.I tried a hearing aid for just a few minutes,the noise I heard was incredible(my hearing is/was perfect)from cars I couldn't see to voices across the street and planes/birds/trees/wind.

  Condom 00:38 22 Jun 2012

Thanks everyone for all the help and tips. I got 2 aids and they are coded red and Blue and the Audiologist said she would see me before I leave and make sure I have lots of spares including little pink cleaning pipes. My ears do get a little greasy but my local hospital in Thailand has the suction equipment which is so much better than syringing.

All I can say is that if there are any others out there reading this who have put off getting aids like I have for such a long time then think again as I now wish I had got them many many months ago.

  daz60 07:32 22 Jun 2012

Because of my hearing problem i never flew for years afraid i could damage my hearing further until 2 years ago,i was the passenger with the 'demented' grin on my face everyone must have thought i was mad.The experience was awesome.

I was actually surprised that the pressure did not affect me as much as i expected,just a slight pop and i was fine both on take off and landing,i found that chewing some gum made a difference.

This was a short flight,1 hour,not sure what the effect would be on a long haul flight.

Sometimes when i put my hearing aid on i hear noises around from quite a distance including people talking outside,and i live 4 floors up.

  spuds 12:16 22 Jun 2012

Regarding the 'loudness', then this is normal at the beginning, and when your brain adapts things get more manageable, but it does take time. When I first used digital aids (after going from analogue), rustling paper, walking along a busy road, passing by trees on a slightly windy day, or even people walking up from behind, were all distractions that I had never really experienced previously.

But, and this is a big but, having a change in hearing mode, doesn't necessarily mean that the hearing aids have been set-up correctly, and they may need further adjustments. I have had a number of problems on this score, including replacement aids being given. In the end it took a Tinnitus specialist's referral to a hearing scientist, who resolved the problems. The hearing scientist even told me things about my hearing that the ENT surgeon's and doctor's didn't or couldn't. It came as a great relief, when the scientist told me things that I had already suspected, but had never been confirmed. On that score alone, it was well worth seeing the hearing scientist, but be warned, these people are in short supply but high demand.

  Woolwell 13:02 22 Jun 2012

daz60 - Pressure changes should only occur during take off and landing so the duration of the flight is irrelevant.

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